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... days and had nothing planned.
The third day there we went to the blue mosque and back to the grand bazar. When I say we went to the blue masque I mean we went in it, we had walked by it 100 times as it was very close to our hostel. It was a huge building, that tons of people visit ever day. To enter I needed to wear pants and take off my shoes, Katarina had to be completely covered even her hair and no shoes on. The ceilings were very tall but they have huge ...
"No road is long with good company." - Turkish Proverb
Unlike Greece which I fell in love with right away, Turkey took some warming up. My first impressions were expensive (50 Euro visa), poor transportation (a $50 CDN taxi ride to our flight in Bodrum that would take us to Istanbul and no metro from the Istanbul SAW airport) hard to navigate (a funicular to the waters edge from Taksim and then a metro to Sultanahmet, the area that hosts a lot ...
... the harbour is the best place to get a cheap cruise up the river and there are countless touts waiting to take your money, showing you a map of where their vessel goes. We were offered a 2 hour cruise for 30 turkish lire. It was hot and we decided to get a freshly squeezed orange juice from one of the street vendors. It was lovely and only 3.½ lire. As it was Sunday many of the shops were closed so we decided to visit the nearby New Mosque built in the ...
... a Turkish mat. My mum got to have a go. It looked very hard cause it took one year to make. Today I saw lots and lots of cats. Last of all I went to a nice restaurant. I had some hot apple juice tea, it was very yuck! I had three eggs to eat and tomorrow morning I am going to have eggs for breakfast ...
... bite before eating lunch at the restaurant in which I was actually a patron. The kebap they served, however, was actually amazing. The servers first whipped out plates of yogurt, salad, "crushing pain" (Turkish salsa), and sauteed peppers and onions. Next came the heaps of soft bread and skewers of lamb. At that point, you count your blessings and dig-in fajita style, trying to cram as many toppings you can into each bite. It was easily the best traditional kebap ...